Religion: Words & Works

¶ Seventh-Day Adventists, meeting in fall council in Washington, listened with pride to reports of fresh church growth and activity. Adventists now have some 900,000 baptized members throughout the world, who contributed $56 million in offerings last year, helped support 2,000 foreign missionaries. The fall council's main business: approving a new foreign missions budget of $21 million. ¶ The Cape Town Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church officially viewed with alarm a report that Roman Catholics had dedicated "South Africa and its people" to the "Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed into Heaven." Also alarmed at Catholic growth in South Africa (e.g., 170,000...

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